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Viewpoints: Round Two for Reshoring: Meeting the Challenge

Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative

2/1/2015

About 170,000 manufacturing jobs have been brought to the US from offshore in the last five years, according to our calculations. That job gain is the result of both new reshoring—the return of manufacturing work that was previously produced offshore—plus Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in our manufacturing sector. Full Article

Manufacturing in North America--A First Hand Lesson



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

2/10/2015

Since the end of the Great Recession manufacturing in the U S seems to be holding its own. Amid the welcome news, two elements seem to stand out for success - delivering high value products and customers that reside close by. I saw great evidence of this in a casting company making its way in a world replete with worldwide competitive threats and changing technology. Full Article

UpFront: Fill Up Your Tank--and Find a New Playbook



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

2/1/2015

A few years back, the US Energy Information Administration predicted that the US would achieve energy self-sufficiency in two decades. Thanks largely to fracking, the US was on its way to becoming the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. If only that game-changing prediction came with a new playbook. Full Article

To U-Shape or Not to U-Shape?



Robert Simonis, Senior Consultant, Manufacturing and Operations, KCE Consulting

1/28/2015

“You should strive for a U-shaped layout,” I said.  “It is U-shaped!” responded the Engineering Manager.  We were both looking at the same factory layout.  He was looking at how the machines were placed so that they formed three sides of a square, or a U-shape, and I was looking at the process flow and material flow, which twisted and looped like the proverbial plate of spaghetti. Full Article

Low Oil Prices Challenge US Manufacturers



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

1/12/2015

A few years back, the US Energy Information Administration predicted that the US would achieve energy self-sufficiency in two decades. Thanks largely to hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” the US was fast on its way to becoming the world’s top producer of petroleum and natural gas hydrocarbons. If only that game-changing prediction came with a playbook. Full Article

Viewpoints: Rate of Manufacturing Growth Expected to Climb



Bobby Bono, Industrial Manufacturing Leader, PwC US

1/1/2015

The manufacturing sector is on a roll. Revenues are up, industrial output is strong, and M&A activity is gaining momentum. The sector is reaping the benefits of cheaper energy prices and increased productivity, as well as stable wage levels throughout much of the developed world. These favorable trends are expected to continue into the new year and beyond. Full Article

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